Last week I included a photo of Toby confronting a highland cow on a recent walk. I have to say that I think it’s so much better to see these beautiful animals grazing rather than watch a tractor crash through the Heath destroying much in its path!
However the cows’ presence indirectly created a terrifying chain of events for Toby and yours truly last week…
We were walking along together quite happily about a mile from home, when I suddenly heard Toby let out a cross between an aggressive growl and a yelp. He bolted passed me and sprinted up and over the crest of the hill and out of sight. My immediate thought was that he had been bitten by an adder (we had seen one earlier).
I tried to run up the hill to calm him down and check him over but he had completely disappeared. OK, stay calm Franklin – I’m a mile from home, alone and without my mobile – what should I do?
If he’s been bitten he may be lying under a bush in pain, if he’s bolted home does he know the way? Will he cross two busy roads safely?! At this kind of moment so many thoughts pass through your mind. Luckily I stay pretty calm in these kinds of situations and I decided, after checking the immediate area and calling his name constantly, I had to go home and get help to search for him.
I knew that I was taking a risk going home, as he may pick up my scent and follow me. I ran as fast as I could home. It’s not nice sprinting over a mile in wellies but needs must!
Eventually I turned the corner into our close, wheezing and coughing and staggered the last few paces before literally collapsing on my doorstep – I was greeted by Toby who shied away thinking he was going to get told off.
Thank God he was safe! Or was he? Had he been bitten? After checking with our vet and going over the story in detail with him we concluded that he must have licked or sniffed the electric fence meant for the cattle and got more than he or I bargained for! I realise how lucky we both were and vowed to get back to my former fitness!
Have you had any dog-walking ordeals? Let me know about them by leaving a comment in the box below.